About the film
Director: Lukas Dhont
Actors: Oliver Bodart, Katelijne Damen, Tijmen Govaerts, Victor Polster, Arieh WorthalterDebut feature films rarely come as bold, proficient and award-worthy as Flemish filmmaker Lukas Dhont’s Girl (Golden Camera winner in Cannes in 2018), nor are debut performances so noteworthy as that of 15 year-old dancer Victor Polster in his star-making turn as a highly ambitious ballerina trapped in the body of a boy.
Lara is an adolescent transgender girl from Belgium. Her struggle is not so much with her gender identity as with her passion to become a professional ballerina. Supported by her Francophone father (Arieh Worthalter) and younger brother (Oliver Bodart), she commences her journey into gender reassignment, yet her teenage impatience and the immense pressures of ballet push Lara to the brink.
Lukas Dhont is remarkable in his directorial capturing of Lara’s introspection, as well as his handling of the turbulence that marks any pubescent experience, let alone that of a transgender person. It all comes together as a deeply humane coming-of-age drama that builds to a cataclysmic finale sure to leave you speechless.